10 manga that will never have an anime adaptation (and why)

In Japan, the most popular manga series always get anime adaptations. The two mediums go hand in hand, and as soon as a manga catches the eye of the public, anime studios get to work bringing the story to life. Many cult classic manga series, like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, One-Punch Man, and The attack of the Titansare skyrocketing in popularity due to their masterful adaptations.

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The anime has the power to elevate its narratives by adding stellar voice acting, tailored soundtracks, and jaw-dropping motion to the fixed manga panels. Yet there are many series that are too difficult for animators to tackle. Whether it’s the unique art style or the unconventional story structure, some of the most incredible manga series will likely never get an anime adaptation.

ten Ultra Heaven’s art and thematic direction is not intended for anime

The psychological drama manga ultra paradise transports the audience to a surreal future, in which synthetic drugs become widely available and legalized. The story chronicles the otherworldly experiences of an overstimulated drug addict Kabu after discovering the mysterious new narcotic, Ultra Heaven. The high of the drug is said to be the most robust hallucinogenic experience one can have, and the manga’s unorthodox art style conveys this brilliantly.

Questionable themes aside, the series’ exceptionally distinctive art direction is something that can’t be replicated in any other medium.

9 Nejimaki Kagyu takes full advantage of his medium

Nejimaki Kagyu is a manga series that takes full advantage of its medium by bending the space of each of its panels. The spiral patterns and unorthodox character designs of Nakayama Atsushi’s masterpiece create a visual world that flows with the pages of the manga. At Nejimaki Kagyu’s the plot is quite simple.

It follows a school teacher Negizawa Kamo, who possesses a mystical ability to attract all females to his student body, and his childhood friend Juubei, motivated to protect Kamo with his impressive martial arts skills. However, the series’ overly expressive art prevents it from being faithfully adapted into an anime.

8 A bride’s story is the most complex slice-of-life manga

The left image shows Amir and Karluk seated together;  the image on the right presents volume 1 of A Bride's Story with Amir

The creator behind The story of a bride, Kaoru Mori, is the most impressive illustrator in the industry. The storyline for his 2008 historical series takes audiences along the Silk Road during the Russian conquest of Central Asia in the 19th century.

While the soothing tale of The story of a bride might turn into a masterful anime, Mori’s art style might be too detailed for the medium. The manga features clothing designs worthy of display in art galleries. Unfortunately, the anime industry has a long way to go before it attempts to capture Mori’s art in action.

7 A Bad Anime Adaptation Wouldn’t Heed Vagabond’s Legacy

Vagabond Manga Panel

Vagabond is universally regarded as one of the best manga series in existence. Its magnificent story revolves around Takezo Shinmen, a skilled warrior traveling through 17th century Japan in search of powerful opponents to challenge. If the narrative qualities of Vagabond are outstanding, the manga’s most impressive achievement is its immersive, almost realistic art.

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Along with its mediative, slow plot progression and iconic legacy, the visuals make anime studios doubtful to adapt. Vagabond. A mediocre adaptation of such a brilliant and beloved story would be much worse than no adaptation at all.

6 The Climber would not be popular in today’s bustling landscape

the climber manga

that of the climber the dark and mature storytelling is very unique in the world of anime and manga. It deals with the psychological turmoil and self-reflections of an introverted solo climber, Buntaro Mori, an apathetic high school student whose soul-healing journey begins with a discovery of rock climbing as a hobby.

The manga takes audiences on Mori’s journey from an amateur to a professional climber. that of the climber The art style stands out for its hyper-realistic aesthetic, which complements the story’s grounded themes. Nevertheless, the manga’s ideas and visuals do not play into the current trends and strengths of anime.

5 Yossub&! The story is perfect as it is


Fans of the slice-of-life genre don’t expect their favorite shows to wow them with heart-pounding animations or jaw-dropping battle scenes.

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Nevertheless, even minimalist stories of routine life can benefit from immersive voice acting and intricate animation of its actors’ daily adventures. However, the iconic slice-of-life manga Yossub&! would most likely have no value being transported in an anime format. The short sequences of panels that make up Yossub&!’s the chapters consist of little movement or tension, so animating it won’t add anything new to the story.

4 Memories of Emanon record the entire history of the world

Memories of Emanon

Memories of Emanon follows the breathtaking journey through the past of Earth’s first witness, an enigmatic girl whose experience stretches back billions of years. After Emanon meets a young man on her ferry ride home, she decides to take him on a world-changing adventure through his past, which tells the story of the planet from the time of his creation.

The manga’s intricate storyline has the endless potential to be an outstanding anime. Nonetheless, its unorthodox story structure and hyper-detailed art style would make an adaptation infinitely difficult.

3 Rojica To Rakkasei Creates A Misfit Sci-Fi Adventure

Rojica to Rakkasei

From Rojica to Rakkasei is an avant-garde surreal manga series that beautifully uses its childlike character designs to tell a dark and disturbing tale of a distant planet. On the face of it, it’s a bizarre yet charming sci-fi comedy with a heartfelt premise. Nevertheless, while the world of From Rojica to Rakkasei continues to expand, the direction of the narrative becomes increasingly sinister.

From Rojica to Rakkasei falls into a category of underground manga that would struggle to gain an audience if it were ever adapted into an anime. Its art direction and conflicting themes work well in the world of manga. However, the same immersive effect is difficult to achieve in motion.

2 The Killing Stalking Narrative Is Too Controversial To Adapt

The infamous South Korean manhwa kill bullying depicts a disturbing relationship between a mentally unstable young man Yoon Bum and his abusive captor, Oh Sangwoo. Although the disturbing story had myriads of devoted followers, its popularity would not lead to the manhwa being adapted for the screen.

The dark vision of the romantic genre BL consists of many scenes that make readers shiver with fear and disgust. Additionally, the moral ambiguity of the story would put any studio with the potential to adapt kill bullying in a rather uncomfortable situation.

1 Goodnight Punpun’s Story Is Too Experimental For The Screen

Inio Asano’s Psychological Horror Manga good night pupun has been adored by readers since its debut in 2007. Punpun Onodera’s tragic coming-of-age tale follows the naïve protagonist as he discovers the more harrowing sides of adulthood. While the manga has been endlessly praised for its relatable characters and unorthodox themes, the series has never been animated.

The story is so emotionally complex and visually unique that turning it into a worthy anime would be a monumental task. Another reason Asano’s masterpiece is difficult to adapt is Punpun’s silent protagonist. Onodera never speaks, which is tricky to represent in an audiovisual format. However, making Punpun talk is detrimental to its narrative effectiveness.

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